Teacher killer in minimum term bid

Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The 16-year-old boy who murdered teacher Ann Maguire is challenging his 20-year minimum term today.

At Leeds Crown Court in November, Will Cornick was warned that he might never be released from prison by a judge who found his pride and lack of remorse over his actions ”truly grotesque”.

Cornick stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, seven times from behind as she taught a Spanish class at the city’s Corpus Christi Catholic College in April last year.

Mrs Maguire had taught there for more than 40 years and was due to retire that September.

Mr Justice Coulson told Cornick, who was 15 at the time of the killing, that he must serve at least 20 years in custody before he is considered for release but he warned him: ”It’s quite possible that day may never come.”

A panel of three judges at the Court of Appeal in London, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, will hear Cornick’s application to appeal the minimum term, if permission is granted.

The teenager attacked Mrs Maguire after boasting to friends that he was going to kill her. He also said he was going to murder other teachers, including a pregnant woman ”so as to kill her unborn child”.

He la ter told doctors: ”I said I was going to do other stuff but I never got the chance, other murders. It was a triple homicide.”

After the killing, Cornick told psychiatrists that he ”couldn’t give a s***” and added: ”Everything I’ve done is fine and dandy.”

The court heard that Cornick winked at another boy before he launched into a savage assault in front of a terrified class full of pupils.

Mrs Maguire was left with stab wounds that the paramedic who attended said were the worst she had ever seen, including one wound which went straight through her neck and another that cut her jugular vein.

Despite the injuries caused by the eight-inch-long kitchen knife, she managed to leave the classroom, pursued by the teenager, until a colleague bundled her into a room and held the door shut.

The judge heard that Cornick, who pleaded guilty to murder, had never shown any remorse and had since spoken of his pride in what he had done.

Paul Greaney QC said there was nothing to indicate to the boy’s parents or teachers a risk of ”homicidal violence”, but he had told other children that he hated Mrs Maguire and wanted her dead.

He added that Cornick has ”an adjustment disorder with psychopathic tendencies” but ”that does not reduce his culpability”.

Mrs Maguire’s widower, Don, described t he killing as a ”monumental act of cowardice and evil”.

Richard Wright QC, mitigating, told the judge that this was ”a sentencing exercise without parallel” and added: ”In the UK at least – an offence without precedent.”

Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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